JD Seamus was born and spent his early childhood in one of the worst ghettos of Belfast before immigrating to the US at the tender age of eight. One of nine brothers, he is the only survivor today.
Seamus was raised by his uncle, a sergeant with the NYPD, in the rough Five Points section of New York. He joined his local neighborhood gang shortly after his arrival in the US and began participating in minor illegal activities only to discover that he was a terrible criminal. He was demoted to look-out because of his slow running ability then demoted again after his gang peers discovered he was legally blind. He was demoted again and given the job of administrator where he negotiated with neighborhood fences. He was told by the gang leaders to continue his education as he was a very poor criminal, and did. It worked out well. He remains close to the remnants of his original gang who later in life became Mafia Dons and Capos, a Rabbi, two Catholic Priests and a Bishop, Captains of Industry, movie stars, TV personalities and sports heroes.
Upon completing his education, JD worked on Wall Street initially then began a venture capital firm and a hedge fund simultaneously. He retired early but still runs a small mutual fund for his friends. Being Irish he has the gift of gab and began his writing career at the insistence of friends.
Last Call is his first novel but certainly not the last as he has four completed novels waiting in the wings. He now lives in Central Florida with his wife and two dogs and is working on novel number six. He is a lifelong Braves and Jaguar fan and bleeds either blue or teal depending on the season.
His website is www.jdseamusbooks.com.
Q: Thank you for this interview, JD. Can you tell us what your latest book, Last Call, is all about?
A: A reviewer, and I don’t recall who, described Last Call as Cheers meets the Sopranos. It’s a book about a diverse group of people who ban together to help a friend. The book actually started as a dark comedy but it really lightened along the way.
I wrote it because I’ve always admired loyalty and this groups loyalty was stretched to the limit.
Q: Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?
Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
A: As a first book I didn’t know what to expect. Seemed easy, it wasn’t.
To combat writers block, I did research. Of course, a book that is based in a bar requires mass quantities of beer which meant I had to exercise frequently to break even on the weight thing. Kids don’t try this at home.
Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
A: I am absolutely surprised how well the book has been embraced. I was fully ready to embrace them back but was really let down when I discovered that writers don’t have groupies.
Q: What is your daily writing routine?
A: I’m an early riser and a morning person so I’m generally up before 4 am. This is peak writing time for me. After walking my dogs, I’ll usually write for 3-4 hours, then have breakfast and either go for a walk or go to the gym. Early afternoon I’ll put in 4-5 more hours but it’s not as productive as the early morning. I’ve learned to not force it. If it isn’t there, it isn’t there. I’ll find something else to do that day. Some days it just flows and you go with it. It could last 12-18 hours and you finally wake up as if from a trance.
Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
A: Sports. I’m a big Atlanta Braves baseball fan. I pull for the Jaguars during football season.
Q: What book changed your life?
A: Some of the early Elmore Leonard stuff. I discovered that is was legal to primarily use dialogue.
Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
A: If it’s fun, do it. My life is one big comedy.
Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
A: I’m rarely serious. If I’m serious, I’m mad, so move.
Thank you for this interview, JD. I wish you much success on your latest release, Last Call!